The production capacity of the XCIENT Fuel Cell is set to reach an estimated 2,000 units every year by 2021 in order to support its expansion into Europe, the U.S. and China as demand for clean mobility increases.
This photo taken July 6, 2020, and provided by Hyundai Motor shows XCIENT Fuel Cell hydrogen trucks being loaded onto the Global Superior roll-on, roll-off ship heading to Switzerland at a port in Gwangyang, 423 kilometers south of Seoul.
According to Lee In-cheol, executive vice president and head of the commercial vehicle division at Hyundai Motor, the delivery of the Xcient starts a new chapter in Hyundai's push for hydrogen and the global community's use of this clean energy source. In accordance with such an ambitious plan, the carmaker said it will invest in its facilities to secure the capacity to produce at least 2,000 units of hydrogen-powered trucks per year by 2021. This is in addition to the $6.4 billion it has already committed toward establishing a hydrogen ecosystem. Seven large hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 32.09 kg of hydrogen.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor intends to develop a hydrogen truck that travels more than 1,000 kilometers before refueling with hydrogen, while the current XICIANT only travels 400 kilometers before refueling.
In China, it is seeking to sell 27,000 trucks by 2030, getting in step with Beijing's initiative to have 1 million fuel cell vehicles on the roads by the same year.
As for the supply deal in the Swiss market, Hyundai will provide the vehicles on a pay-per-use model, different from conventional sales. Hyundai Motor is now the only carmaker producing hydrogen-powered trucks.
In 2019, Hyundai Motor Company formed Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM), a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy.
Engineers for the Korean company say the truck's range could theoretically be doubled just by compressing the hydrogen. HHM also is partnering with hydrogen producer Hydrospider AG.
Following a successful deployment in Switzerland, Hyundai plans to expand to broader European markets, including Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and Austria.
Hyundai plans to deliver 40 additional XCIENTs to the European country by December as part of its long-term contract to export a total of 1,600 XCIENTs to the country by 2025. They will be utilizing the trucks to haul everything from food to cars around Europe.
In the U.S., Hyundai is collaborating with logistics companies to supply fuel cell heavy-duty trucks.